The cigarette companies were slapped year’s ago for using illustrations in their ads on the grounds that it created young smokers in training. Still, those dirty peddlers were on to something. Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer ($12) takes full advantage of the beauty and appeal of illustration to walk would-be brewers through all of the necessary steps for making suds at home. Since the authors understand that not everyone can afford to sacrifice their basement to ale — yet, most instructions involve using your stovetop for true small batch brewing. There’s also of plenty supplemental material on beer’s history, development, and even advice on the subject from folks like Thomas Jefferson. So put down Clancy’s latest tome on the military-industrial complex and get brewing.

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